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Legend Holdsworth Returns To Management

Former Sheffield United, Watford FC and Birmingham City legend & Lincoln City and Mansfield Town manager David Holdsworth and Curtis Woodhouse have been appointed as the new management team at Goole Town as new chairman Baron Bloom heralds a bright and brave new dawn.

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Holdsworth played 115 games for Sheffield United, 300 for Watford and 112 for Birmingham City  in a distinguished career before moving into management with Ilkeston, Mansfield Town and latterly Lincoln City.  He has a wealth of contacts and has a track record for wheeling and dealing with a very high turnover of staff.  It will be interesting to see what Mr Holdsworth will do with some money behind him and he looks to be an exciting gamble  for property investor Bloom.

According to a press release from the club, Mr Bloom has been looking to become involved in a football club for some time and after investigating a number of options, has decided that Goole AFC offers the best opportunity to fulfil his ambitions.

He said of the appointment of Holdsworth and Woodhouse, “We are delighted to have appointed such a heavyweight team and feel this is a real coup for the Club”.

David  ‘Reg’ Holdsworth said ” I’m delighted to help Baron on his new project. After listening to his enthusiasm and desire, I hope together we can help lay some good foundations. This is a huge task and will take time, however we feel things can improve and start to change the fortunes of the club.”

Baron is determined to move the club forward both on and off the pitch and has some great ideas to improve our crowds as well as making greater use of our resources. Mr Bloom said of the venture

“I am very excited at the possibilities that this creates and I look forward to success, both on and off the field.  “For some time I have wanted to become involved in a non-league club and see how far we can move it forward. My role, which will be completely unpaid, will be to assist in improving the club’s revenue. All of this revenue will be applied to improve the club infrastructure and facilities as well as the on-field success. I am delighted to be involved with such a wonderful club, and together with the new board, I know we will take the club into many new arenas. We will be looking to work with the staff, the players and the fans and together we can take Goole AFC to ambitious new horizons. This is a wonderful opportunity for us all”.


Doncaster, Wolves, Sheffield United & Millwall Manager Merry-Go-Round.

Ex- Millwall FC manager Kenny Jacket looks set for the Wolverhampton Wanderers hot-seat whilst Paul Dickov is on the verge of the Doncaster Rovers job, even though Millwall and Sheffield United are keen to secure his services. Bircham should get the Millwall job if East London sources are to be believed. STMI take a look at the credentials of the favourites to get the jobs, which in the case of Wolves has back to back promotions potential written all over it.

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Paul Dickov replaced Dave Penny, a Rovers legend it has to be said, at Oldham and went on to build a youthful footballing side.  The Latics peaked at ninth halfway through the 2010/11 season before finishing 15th. The following season saw them finish a credible 16th.  Last season his shock resignation on 3rd February came a week after beating Liverpool 3-2 in the cup. The finances at Oldham are similar to the current ones at Sheffield United. Upon taking the reigns at The Latics, he had to shift Captain and player of the season Sean Gregan as well as top scorer Pawol Abbott. Whoever takes over at the Blades must face a big budget reduction, with most of what is left taken up by those on contracts through next season at least. Will Dickov want that or a patient, financially strong club like Doncaster who love a passing attacking game?

Paul Dickov’s Managerial CV From To Record
G W D L W%
Oldham Athletic 9 June 2010 3 February 2013 141 43 37 61 30.50

Kenny Jacket was the longest serving manager in the Championship up until his resignation this week.  He cut his managerial teeth at Watford, before being relegated to assistant manager under old fox and enticer Graham Taylor.  The duo got two successive promotions before finishing bottom of the Premier League in 1999/2000. When Taylor left Watford incoming Vialli did not fancy him, but Holloway at QPR did.  Kenny spent 3 years as an assistant at Rangers, learning from another master, Holloway, before taking up the Swansea job, still warm from Flynn. He worked miracles in his first season getting promotion from League 2 and winning the Welsh Cup.  The following season saw them win the Football League Trophy, retain the Welsh Cup, but lose to Barnsley in the play-offs.

Jackett left the Swans of his own accord in Feb 2007, taking up the job of reserve team manager at Manchester City 3 weeks later.  However Millwall came knocking in the November and despite ruling himself out initially he accepted the job. The following season saw the revitalised Lions lose the League 1 play-off final 3-2 to Scunthorpe, at Wembley.  They were back the following season, beating Swindon 1-0.  Millwall finished 9th in their first season in the Championship – a tremendous achievement given the resources of the club and the unfair financial competition from ex-Premier League sides.  The last two seasons have been solid with a semi-final appearance against eventual winners Wigan.

The Wolves job is the perfect project for Jackett. He will get the backing and has the ability to get a relegated giant back into shape and fast. Wanderers relegation and League 1 footing is a travesty for a club with such a heritage. He has learned from some of the most cunning managers in the game, takes no prisoners and can make water into wine.  There are plenty of ex-Prem sides who have dropped to this level, got the right man in and been back in the Premiership with successive promotions.  Kenny Jackett is that man.

Kenny’s CV From To Record
G W D L W %
Watford 10 June 1996 2 June 1997 59 24 19 16 40.68
Swansea City 5 April 2004 15 February 2007 156 69 40 47 44.23
Millwall 6 November 2007 7 May 2013 307 130 74 103 42.35
Total 522 223 133 166 42.72

Leeds Send For Ex-Imp – But Hughes & O’Neil Favourite

Leeds have joined, Sheffield United,  Huddersfield Town,  Crystal Palace,  QPR,  Plymouth, Notts County, Oldham et al in dispensing with the services of Neil Warnock with 6 games to go. Mark Hughes and Martin O’Neil may be the favourite to take over but Leeds have been quick to replace Warnock with Neil Redfearn who played 100 League games as a midfielder for  The Imps between 1984 and 1986 scoring 13 goals


Rumours suggest that Redfearn may be in charge until the end of the season. The Reserve Team  and Development Squad Manager has been caretaker manager before, taking over from Simon Grayson in 2012. During his February stint United won 2 and lost two of his 4 games. Many managers would be delighted with a 50% success rate.

Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Leeds United 18 February 2012 1 April 2013 63 23 15 25 36.51
Total Matches Managed 1,308 528 369 411 40.37


Here is a biopic of Neil Redfearn.

STMI Biopic
Full name Neil David Redfearn
Date of birth 20 June 1965 (age 47)
Place of birth Dewsbury
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Current Tenure
Club Leeds United
(Development Squad Manager / reserve team manager)
Youth career
1981-1982 Nottingham Forest
Senior career (League)
Years Team Apps
1982–1984 Bolton Wanderers 35 (1)
1984–1986 Lincoln City 100 (13)
1986–1987 Doncaster Rovers 46 (14)
1987–1989 Crystal Palace 57 (10)
1989–1990 Watford 24 (3)
1990–1991 Oldham Athletic 62 (16)
1991–1998 Barnsley 292 (72)
1998–1999 Charlton Athletic 30 (3)
1999–2000 Bradford City 17 (1)
2000–2001 Wigan Athletic 22 (7)
2001–2002 Halifax Town 42 (6)
2002–2004 Boston United 54 (12)
2004 Rochdale 9 (0)
2004–2006 Scarborough 61 (18)
2006–2007 Bradford Park Avenue n/a (n/a)
2007 Stocksbridge Park Steels n/a (n/a)
2007 Frickley Athletic n/a (n/a)
2007–2008 Bridlington Town n/a (n/a)
2008 Emley n/a (n/a)
2008 Salford City n/a (n/a)
Total 851 (176)
Teams managed
2001 Halifax Town (caretaker)
2002 Halifax Town (caretaker)
2005–2006 Scarborough
2007 Northwich Victoria
2008 York City (caretaker)
2012 Leeds United (caretaker)

Get Your Coat Mr Holdsworth – Simmo & Grant Please

From hero at Watford, Sheffield United and Birmingham City to double zero at Mansfield Town and now Lincoln with more signings than a Harry Potter book launch complete with JK Rowley and associated adland posse! Do ex-players make good managers, the late John Reames did not think so.

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It is safe to say David Holdworth career and record has peaked. If he were a batsmen he would still put Alistair Cooke in his place – surely he is approaching the 120’s for just the one wicket (Mansfield Town) in the last two and a half years? We stopped counting here. In the interest of fairness let us start with the playing career highs and lows and end with the management slide.


The player

Gretna 14 Jul, 03 31 May, 05 Free 31 (1) 0 3 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 2 (0) 0
Scarborough 01 Nov, 02 14 Jul, 03 Signed 16 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Bolton 31 Aug, 02 01 Nov, 02 Free 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Walsall 18 Jan, 02 22 Apr, 02 Loan 9 (0) 1 2 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Birmingham 23 Mar, 99 31 Aug, 02 £1,250,000 77 (7) 7 1 (0) 0 10 (0) 1 8 (1) 0
Sheff Utd 08 Oct, 96 23 Mar, 99 £450,000 95 (0) 4 13 (0) 3 7 (0) 0 5 (0) 0
Watford 08 Nov, 86 08 Oct, 96 Apprentice 249 (9) 10 14 (1) 1 20 (0) 2 8 (2) 0
Totals £1,700,000 477 (17) 23 35 (1) 5 40 (0) 3 23 (3) 0


The Manager

Lincoln 24 Oct, 2011 Present 71 21 19 31
Mansfield 29 Dec, 2008 18 Nov, 2010 91 37 20 34

Mr Holdsworth also managed Ilkeston, ex haunt of the great Keith Alexander between 1996 & 2,000. He was replaced by Mariners duo Paul Hurst and Rob Scott. This did see his best record. He managed 31, won 18, drawn 8, lost 5, for 48, against 29).

In reality Awful, with the addition of the word downward sums it up. But then so is the standard of the League we find ourself in. It’s the Conference when you strip away the façade. Has-beens meet up-and-comers, be that clubs or players. The standard of football is substantially below that of League football yet the pricing is anything but. So for fans to turn up you need to either put in the cash, sell them the loyalty close, or start counting up the assets and liabilities and put up with the dwindling moans along the way.


Gary Simpson and Grant Brown would put the pride back into Lincoln City whether Mr Holdsworth beats Barrow and Mansfield Town or not.  We need football men with mud in their boots and an eye for talent on the one hand. But we also need to restore the faith and pride of the fans who would be patient, knowing we have blokes who understand what Imp means.

Lincoln is better than that. How come the club is the only thing that has not moved forward in the City in the last decade? We have hit rock bottom, get someone in at a football level that can kick things into shape, as opposed to kicking the can down the road. Someone who can get the players to sell on if need be, but above all to sell some season tickets next season and beyond.

Gary Simpson and Grant Brown might just do that. And they like us would be doing it for the love of it as much as the money. That should be the mantra at the heart of a community club surely?




Sutton, Tilson & Holdsworth Compared

Fans of Southend United, Sheffield United, Norwich City, Mansfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham and Celtic will give mixed views on the playing and managerial abilities of  Chris Sutton, Steve Tilson and David Holdsworth.  Oh contraire, with despair in the air let’s compare while we Imps still have a little time to spare.

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Chairman Bob Dorrian has so far hired three managers. His first two, Steve Tilson and Chris Sutton saw bold two and a half year deals, however David Holdsworth was a different matter.  Last season he did not have a written deal, given instead a remit to keep us up. His new deal, signed this summer, runs until the end of the season.


Comparisons between the three are harsh, given the differing mandates and funds available. However football is a results led business and David Holdsworth appears to be holding up the rear in terms of wins and success rate. Despite the despondency we have scored more and conceded less, although the BSP and League 2 are very different beasts.

Manager G W D L F A Win %
Steve Tilson 15/10/2010 10/10/2011 37 11 7 19 44 72 29.73%
Chris Sutton 28/09/2009 28/09/2010 51 14 14 23 44 71 28.00%
David Holdsworth 31/10/2011 10/09/2012 41 11 11 14 54 59 26.82%

Transfer Policy

In terms of  players signed Mr Holdsworth leads the way with 45 deals. His closest rival Chris Sutton managed 30 (Facey, Watts & Anderson have been counted twice), although most were loans, suggesting he could not have cost us quite as much as the club made out. Sutton and Pearce called in favours from Martin O’Neill,  Roy Hodgeson, Pulis and Grayson.  Indeed many cost us only the accommodation, including life saver Somma from Leeds.

Manager Permanent deals Loan Signings
David Holdsworth 36 9
Chris Sutton 12 18
Steve Tilson 15 8

David Holdsworth

David Holdsworth’s signings took an entire article recently, for full details add Fofana and click here. All told if we include Mansfield he is now 103 for just the one wicket.  There is a wheat-from-chaff nature to the non-league, with quantity over quality symptomatic to working with smaller budgets.  We all have our opinions on the hits and misses, as to whether the finances will allow us the time to tell is anyone’s guess.

Chris Sutton

Chris was also forced to work with little money, although it was more than Tilson and of course Holdsworth.  The FA Cup run money was also not as forthcoming as he had expected.  Ahead of their first transfer window, the comment from the supporter director that the Barnsley League Cup gate had been lower than expected, must have gone down as well with the management as the 3104 Imps that travelled to Bolton.

Chris Sutton’s Permanent deals

Bit of a mixed bag here. Anyon was a superb capture, although Carayol did more for us in the bank than at the Bank. But the purpose of the exercise is to put the data in front of Imps and let you decide.

Clark Keltie Darlo Free 15-Jan-10
James Reid Nottm Forest Free 11-Mar-10
Mustapha Carayol Torquay Undisc 20-May-10
Drewe Broughton Rotherham Free 02-Jun-10
Gavin McCallum Hereford Undisc 21-Jun-10
Jamie Clapham Notts Co Free 07-Jul-10
Josh O’Keefe Walsall Free 15-Jul-10
Albert Jarrett Barnet Free 15-Jul-10
Joe Anyon Port Vale Free 15-Jul-10
Adam Watts Fulham Undisc 15-Jul-10
Joe Anderson Fulham Undisc 15-Jul-10
Delroy Facey Notts Co free 16-Jul-10

Chris Sutton’s Loans

Somma kept us up, Torres was superb when fit, but of the Fulham loans you have to feel we got the wrong ones on a permanent basis.  Many have moved on to better things although Ben Huchison is at Mansfield, swimming against the stream somewhat.

Michael Uwezu Fulham  
David Stephenson Norwich Plays in SPL for Hibs
Brian Gilmour Rangers Stenhousemuir
Michael Gordon MK Dons  
Eric Lichaj Aston Villa Aston Villa
Drewe Broughton Rotherham Darlo
Sergio Torres Posh Crawley
Anthony Pulis Stoke Aldershot
Delroy Facey Notts Co Hereford
Davide Somma Leeds Leeds
Steven Lennon Rangers Newport
Rene Howe Posh Torquay
Nathan Baker Aston Villa Aston Villa
Matthew Saunders Fulham Dag & Red
Adam Watts Fulham Trinity
Chris Herd Aston Villa Aston Villa
Joe Anderson Fulham  
Ben Hutchinson Celtic Mansfield

Steve Tilson

Tilson’s Budget last season was tied up with historic contracts that actually gave him less room to manoeuvre than Holdsworth.  His desire to remain based in the south, meant that he was not around as much as his salary should have commanded. Kit man Matt Carmichael took pre-season training  and in the interests of not looking back in anger, we will leave it at that.

Steve Tilson’s  Loan Deals

Grimes was a hit,without a doubt, but the loan system ensured we lost players at vital times.

Ashley Grimes Millwall Rochdale
Mitchell Nelson Bournemouth
Julian Kelly Reading Notts Co
Gavin Hoyte Arsenal Dag & Red
Stephen Hunt Notts Co Notts Co
Tom Kilbey Portsmouth Portsmouth
Adifane Noussoura  
Trevor Carson Sunderland Bury

Steve Tilson’s Permanent deals

Again we will let you be the judge as to whether finance, managerial ability, or other factors played a part in the following signings.

Luke Howell MK Dons Free 28-Jan-11
Ali Fuseini Millwall Free 31-Jan-11
Jamie Taylor Eastbourne Free 01-Jul-11
Simon Russell Cambridge U Free 01-Jul-11
Francis Laurent Northampton Free 04-Jul-11
Alan Power Rushden Free 06-Jul-11
Sam Smith Rushden Free 06-Jul-11
Kyle Perry Tamworth Free 08-Jul-11
Tony Sinclair Gillingham Free 08-Jul-11
John Nutter Gillingham Free 08-Jul-11
Josh Gowling Gillingham Free 14-Jul-11
Nicky Nicolau Dover Free 10-Au-11
Jean-F Christophe Free 25-Au-11
Jean Arnaud   Free 27-Sep-11
Patrick Kanyuka   Free 27-Jan-11

Tactical and Man-management skills

Chris Sutton, was by far the most tactically astute of the three. The problem was he did not understand that he did not have the tools at his disposal.  With regard to the trio, who bottom line have all let us down, we will leave you to draw your own conclusions on their unproductive tactical and man-management skills. All three, after all, have solicitors who would ensure we ran out of money far sooner than the truth would out.  Undeniably all three would have been able to get better players to the club if they had the money, but then every manager in every walk of life would say that.  As for the man that hired them and insists on us sharing the collective responsibility: Why has only one of the three got anything remotely close to any kind of managerial record. None of the three warmed to the fans and, more importantly, none were able to change our fortunes or give us a style of play that makes fans want to part with their money.

In the immortal words of former chairman John Reames…..

“There have been too many managers….. Allan Clarke a total disaster, real ability but impossible to deal with after a few wins…… and impossible to find after a few losses……. Keith Alexander.. great potential but felt I let him down insisting on an experienced assistant……..Sam Ellis…. Our most disappointing manager….. A great publicist but we needed a coach…… John Beck…. I was naïve enough to think I could control him….. Lincoln have always had 2 kinds of managers…. Those who have failed elsewhere and ex players who have no idea how to run a relatively large business… neither of these make the greatest sense to me.

With that last comment in mind he actually became our chairman and manager.  

Just to cheer Bob up a bit, John sacked 12 excluding himself – Colin Murphy (1978 -1985 left by mutual consent), John Pickering (July 1985 – Dec 1985), George Kerr (Dec 1985 – Mar 1987), Peter Daniel (Mar 1987 – May 1987), Colin Murphy (July 1987 – May 1990 left by mutual consent), Allan Clarke (June 1990 – Dec 1990), Steve Thompson (Dec 1990 – May 1993), Keith Alexander (May 1993 – May 1994), Sam Ellis (June 1994 – Sept 1985), Steve Wicks (Sept 1995 – Oct 1995 just 42 days), John Beck (Oct 1995 – Mar 1998) and Shane Westley (Mar 1998 – Nov 1998)

For those who wish to see the warts and all guide to Lincoln City’s managers and how well these three actually rank in what has to be perceived as an increasingly poisoned challis. Click here

Imps Lose £60,000

Lincoln City have been forced to cancel a second lucrative friendly according to a tersely worded statement from the Board today (HERE).  Due to the incredibly short notice surely Holdsworth’s  connections make Sheffield United the favourite although ties have also been renewed with Birmingham City. Although the Imps have chosen to remain tight-lipped on a name this cancellation, on top of the Leicester no-game on Saturday, will cost the club £60,000 the Imps board estimates.

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David Holdsworth has been keen to open links with his former clubs with Birmingham already lending us Graham Hutchison on a season long youth loan. Sheffield United meanwhile are local and  the steel city is pretty much Holdsworth’s scouting home ground. The Imps and Blades also have a big history on and off the pitch.

David Holdsworth is also having to build his own budget, pretty much as he goes along.   The war chest certainly will have been boosted by the sell-on clauses for Loach and Carayol and,  the departure of Gowling will give him a little more scope. However when the club are dependant on the fans player scheme and a long overdue and pretty elusive cup run, we know things are near the edge. STMI have been suggesting this since we came into existence.

The Imps will certainly miss this kind of money, given the club anticipate a loss for the coming financial year.  The statement also mentioned that the mystery new investors were due to come to the game.  Although this unfortunate incident does not seem to have put them off, clearly we are at a far more advanced stage than STMI were lead to believe on Thursday when the Directors forum suggested a potential meeting may take place in the next couple of weeks.

Clearly the events of the weekend have set a precedent that now looks likely to preclude any further high profile friendlies for the club in the foreseeable future.  These have always been a lucrative income stream, although with season ticket sales down by around a third on the football League days and those pre-season solidarity payments now gone,  they are becoming somewhat vital to the clubs early season cash-flow.

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Please Help Reg Needs The Wedge!

Our manager has faced battles at Sheffield United, Birmingham and Watford as a player and then been made manager of Mansfield and Lincoln when the cupboards were bare.    Here in his own words,  a plea  from  David, for us to help him finish rebuilding our side. He has pushed the board to his credit but now we need to help with the cause and quick with only 5 days of the Renaming raffle to go.

As David Holdsworth puts it

“I think our financial position has been well documented 

The club has looked at various ways of bringing money to help compensate for losing solidarity payments and this is a great idea.

I would really appreciate any help that comes my way in terms of giving me a better budget.

And if the club can raise £50,000 then that would be absolutely fantastic and a credit to the community.

This will give fans and businesses the chance to help me sign a player and have their name in lights.”

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Tyrone Thompson Signs



Imps manager and IMPresario David Holdsworth has signed ex Sheffield United and FC Halifax Town winger Tyrone Thompson on a short term contract until January 8th 2012.


For those who missed our Who is Tyrone Thompson article on Nov 10th click here to find out more about a lad who is not exactly a stranger to Sincil Bank